Sublime and dramatic

While I did catch sight of my first green-leafed tree for the season (corner of Hollis and Sackville Streets) and first blooming tulip (a red and white candy striped shorty in the pocket garden at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia), today was about fire, wind and rain, rather than sunshine and lollipops.

A brush fire that blew up yesterday burned through the night and was going so strong at dawn that our house, about 2 miles away, stunk of burned rubber and the sky outside my office was so black with smoke that at first I thought the apartment building on the other side of the block was on fire as well. Rain was predicted for later in the morning, but in the meantime, the winds were crazy.  The rain started just before noon and came hard, lightening everyone’s mood.

As of now, there seem to be about eight houses fully gone, as well as pets, but people were able to get out, a tribute to two-lane roads that allowed emergency access at the same time as resident egress. Rain has never looked so good.


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